Bernadette Burks is a new media, performance, and installation artist who documents contemporary feminism, psychological struggle, and subversive mind/body experiences by means of her formal dance training, advanced computer application techniques, and elements of painting, photography, and filmmaking.
Ms. Burks addresses hidden conditions in others such as abuse, trauma, phobia, mind control, and dissociation from self and/or environment. A set of recurring characters, all acted out by the artist, are facets of a hypnotic narrative that display compassion and understanding in the face of human suffering and societal taboos.
Her films are psychological landscapes where injustice is confronted and the viewer is seduced out of complacency. Her video installations reference and appropriate adventure, scifi, and fantasy film genres. Ms. Burks shines light upon dark content in search of the ethereal and to present a powerfully unique opinion of what is beautiful.
Bernadette Burks grew up in Amherst, New Hampshire. Her father worked in the computer software industry and her mother was a local mural artist and stay at home mom. At a young age, she passionately chose ballet as a structured art form. At sixteen, Bernadette attended Boston Ballet. She was a member of her high school’s Dance Team and performed with the marching band. She also excelled at chemistry. Bernadette’s college career reflects an interest in both science and art. Ultimately, she chose art, but is also currently a well practiced and enthusiastic phlebotomist at several regional healthcare facilities.
1. Star Sets on the Horizon, mixed media, 24” x 36”, 2014
2. New Quest, mixed media, 24” x 36”, 2014
3. Stars and Orbits, mixed media, 24” x 36”, 2014
4. Once Upon A Girl Named Agnes, mixed media, 24” x 36”, 2014
5. Quantum Field Dream, mixed media, 24” x 36”, 2014
6. Studio Portrait